Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell warns the Big Bash League franchises as they attempt to put up a show after two seasons due to covid-19.
The 12th edition of the BBL begins on December 13. There has been a significant change in the competition, with a draft system and the DRS being introduced for the first time. Glenn Maxwell talks about how IPL is taking over T20 Leagues around the world and told the Vic State Cricket podcast:
“I think the next step is making sure that our local players are taken care of because we are going to see these leagues take over at some stage. We are going to see the IPL teams, who have got their hands in different competitions around the world, we are going to see them take over. It could end up being a bit like (LIV) golf – I could see it sort of heading that way.”
The franchise owners of the IPL have made some serious acquisitions. Three of the six franchises in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the International League T20 (ILT20) are owned by IPL team owners. Also, all six franchises in SA20 are acquired by IPL franchise owners.
“If the BBL is not careful, it could get overrun by the amount of cricket that’s going on around the world” – Glenn Maxwell
He further added that if the BBL does not watch their step, then it could be overtaken by the increasing number of T20 Leagues in the world:
“If the BBL is not careful, it could get overrun by the amount of cricket that’s going on around the world and it’s going to be hard to compete with because the IPL teams are just so powerful,” Glenn Maxwell concluded.
Maxwell suffered a freak injury during a party after the T20 World Cup 2022 has resulted in a serious fracture for him.
This setback ruled him out until 2023 and will be unable to participate in the BBL for the Melbourne Stars. He could also miss Australia’s tour of India in early 2023.